The Negative Impacts of Marijuana

    

USJ APhA-ASP Generation Rx is comprised of a group of pharmacy students from the University of Saint Joseph who believe educating the public about prescription and OTC drug abuse/misuse is extremely important.  In this newsletter, we hope to share important facts about this issue while helping you and the ones you love become more aware and educated about prescription and OTC drug abuse/misuse.

The Negative Impacts of Marijuana

The use of marijuana, a Cannabis sativa derivate widely known for its recreational use and euphoric high, is extremely controversial and has gained increasingly high media coverage since becoming legalized for recreational and medical use in several states throughout the USA including California and, more recently, Massachusetts. However, despite its legalization and progress as a medicinal aid, its usage has become problematic for parents of children who may be exposing themselves to the substance. According to the National Institute of Health, marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug among adolescents and teens. Currently, usage among children in the 8th, 10th, and 12th grades has held constant measures over the years and has even increased in the past decade.

Contrary to popular belief, there are health risks associated with youth marijuana usage. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse…

❏      It can be addictive. In fact, about 9% of people who use marijuana develop an addiction.

❏      It is linked to some mental illnesses. In those who already have schizophrenia, hallucinations, paranoia and disorganized thinking may become heightened.

❏      It could leave negative long-term effects. Brain changes and growth occur from adolescence into the years of early adulthood and may be affected and detrimental to academic, social, and occupational functioning.

❏      Adolescents with marijuana disorders also suffer from other psychiatric disorders and may also abuse or be addicted to other substances, such as cocaine or alcohol. 

❏      Available treatmentsfor marijuana disorders include: cognitive behavioral therapy, contingency management therapy, and motivational enhancement therapy.

 

Please speak to your parents and loved ones about the risks of marijuana abuse and its effects on the youth.